Florida Trail Association

Grab and Go Hikes

Join us out on the Florida Trail with our new Grab-and-Go Hikes! These hikes are popular sections of the Florida Trail that we frequently receive calls and emails about.

Each Grab-and-Go has information to help you plan a day hike or short backpacking trip, including trailhead lat-long coordinates, directions to the trailhead, key mileages, camping information, nearby services, and a map of the hike.

Big Oak Trail
Suwanee River State Park
11.2 miles loop and linear
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With much of its length high atop river bluffs, the Big Oak Trail is a prime destination for experiencing the beauty of the Suwannee River. It follows both the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers into a loop on a pensinsula where the rivers meet. Old growth trees, rugged landscapes, and riverfront scenery are all a part of the experience.

Disappearing Creek
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Whether you’re looking for a long hike along the Suwannee River or just a short trip in to hang out in the area where Camp Branch disappears underground, Disappearing Creek Loop Trail is a great place to spend a day or weekend.

Etoniah Creek
Etoniah Creek State Forest
3.6 miles round-trip
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A short walk through a lush forest, this round-trip to Iron Bridge provides places to stop and savor the view from bluffs above Falling Branch.
It’s an easy day hike with a bonus: a shelter and campsite near the end of the walk, with easy access to the creek for water. If you’re looking for a place to try out backpacking with the kids, this makes a great starter trip.

Green Swamp West
7 miles linear
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The Green Swamp is well known as an important source of Central Florida’s water. The Withlacoochee and Ocklawaha Rivers flow north from this mosaic of pine, prairie, and cypress domes, while the Hillsborough and Peace Rivers flow south. All get their start here in the midst of a swamp that isn’t as swampy as you’d think.
This linear section of trail, is, in fact, generally dry. It crosses prairies and sandhills and meanders beneath tall pines. With two cars, it’s a comfortable day hike between trailheads.

Juniper Creek Trail
Blackwater River Forest
8.1 miles linear
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One of the Florida Panhandle’s most spectacular day hikes, the Juniper Creek Trail introduces you to inviting sandy beaches along curves of the creek, pitcher plant bogs on seepage slopes, fields of blueberries ready for the picking, and colorful pink and white blooms of mountain laurel in spring.
A trail shelter and campsite make this a pleasant short backpacking trip, but the day hike between the trailheads can’t be beat. Take the time to stop at The Bluffs and savor the unexpected view from high up above the creek.

Juniper Prairie Wilderness
Ocala National Forest
8.9 miles linear
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As it meanders nearly 9 miles through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness, the Florida Trail gets you up close to the Big Scrub, the world’s largest sand pine scrub forest. This roadless area is an ideal place to get away from it all and enjoy a quiet stretch of wilderness in the Ocala National Forest.
This linear section of trail can be done as a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip. It’s one of our most popular weekend hikes, so if you want a quiet evening at Hidden Pond, consider a mid-week trip.

Little Big Econ
4.9 miles linear
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Named one of the United State’s most family-friendly hikes by the American Hiking Society, the Florida Trail’s Little Big Econ section is one any visitor to the Orlando area should seek out and enjoy.
On this meandering route paralleling the Econlockhatchee River, you’ll enjoy views of the river from the bluffs, lush stands of palm trees, and numerous bridge crossings over tributaries that feed the river. From the Barr Street trailhead, it’s a 5.4-mile round trip to walk out to the pedestrian bridge over the river and back, savoring the best parts of the hike.

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